At-Large Director

Gumersindo Gomez

At-Large Director

Since joining the National Board in October 2017 and becoming the Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee many positives things have emerged. First, we assured the Board and the State Council Presidents that this committee was going to be re-energized.

 

After making my first presentation to the Board, I discovered we were supported and respected by many members of the Board and the State Councils. At present we are communicating and determined as we tackle the issues of minority veterans.

 

Our workshop at the Leadership & Education Conference in Palm Springs drew forty participants, including our National President and Vice-President. All participated in an exercise on how to recruit minority veterans.

 

Puerto Rico has been an area of interest to VVA after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Under the direction of President John Rowan, I traveled to Puerto Rico in November to take part in a roundtable meeting focused on veterans and their families. The VA has created the Office of Transitional and Economic Development as a mechanism to increase veterans’ access to the benefits and services to which they are entitled.

 

We have commenced work with Korean-American Vietnam War veterans. The ROKs were our strongest ally in Vietnam; 325,517 of them served with us during the Vietnam War. Today 2, 800 of them have become U.S. citizens. They are asking for our support in being recognized as veterans of the war, able to receive services from the VA for their PTSD and Agent Orange exposure.

Since joining the National Board in October 2017 and becoming the Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee many positives things have emerged. First, we assured the Board and the State Council Presidents that this committee was going to be re-energized.

 

After making my first presentation to the Board, I discovered we were supported and respected by many members of the Board and the State Councils. At present we are communicating and determined as we tackle the issues of minority veterans.

 

Our workshop at the Leadership & Education Conference in Palm Springs drew forty participants, including our National President and Vice-President. All participated in an exercise on how to recruit minority veterans.

 

Puerto Rico has been an area of interest to VVA after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Under the direction of President John Rowan, I traveled to Puerto Rico in November to take part in a roundtable meeting focused on veterans and their families. The VA has created the Office of Transitional and Economic Development as a mechanism to increase veterans’ access to the benefits and services to which they are entitled.

 

We have commenced work with Korean-American Vietnam War veterans. The ROKs were our strongest ally in Vietnam; 325,517 of them served with us during the Vietnam War. Today 2, 800 of them have become U.S. citizens. They are asking for our support in being recognized as veterans of the war, able to receive services from the VA for their PTSD and Agent Orange exposure.